The big blue bus arrived in Victoria’s north east in May 2015.
First stop was Benalla, where the National Roadshow team set up in Bridge Street for the morning before heading to Winton Raceway for the V8 Supercars Championship. The sun was shining as thousands of motor racing enthusiasts gathered trackside, along with the big blue bus. Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan stopped by to meet the Beyond Blue team and show her support.
The next day, the team arrived in Albury and set up at QEII Square for a free community barbecue with the Lions Club of Albury. Hundreds of people were out and about enjoying the glorious autumn weather and checking out some serious hot rods sharing the park for a car show.
The beautiful weather continued in Holbrook and Culcairn on Monday 18 May. The bus stopped off at Holbrook’s Submarine Park for a free community morning tea catered for by the Lions Club of Holbrook, before arriving in Culcairn for a free community barbecue cooked up by the Lions Club of Culcairn.
On Tuesday, the bus headed to Tallangatta’s Towong Street. A bus load of touring senior citizens brightened the morning when they dropped by for morning tea and a chat. The team then headed for Mount Beauty, where unfortunately a fierce electrical storm cut short the visit.
On 20 May the bus set up in beautiful Bright’s main street for a couple of hours before heading to Myrtleford. Students from Marian College Myrtleford and St Mary's Primary School made mental health pledges and heard about the importance of looking after their mental health and how to help a friend.
Beechworth was next to welcome the bus. On Thursday 21 May the team set up on Ford Street for the morning before arriving in Wangaratta for a free community barbecue cooked up by the Lions Club of Wangaratta. Around 100 people stopped by for a chat and to grab free Beyond Blue resources.
The visit to the Hume Medicare Local region wrapped up on 22 May. The Roadshow team and Rotary Club of Belvoir Wodonga set up at the Wodonga Cube to cook up a free breakfast for the community. Lots of locals stopped by to have a chat and find out what support is available for depression and anxiety.
The bus then headed to Gateway Island for the Hume Ladies Luncheon – an event organised by Hume Bank and raising money for Survivors of Suicide and Friends, a local community group that aims to support family and friends who are grieving in the wake of a suicide. Popular media personality, mum, journalist and Beyond Blue Ambassador Jessica Rowe was guest speaker at the luncheon, sharing her experience with the 100 guests in attendance.
Thanks to all those who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome across the region. Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
View other stops around Australia, and a gallery of National Roadshow highlights.